As you know, water is an essential part of our daily lives, and without it, we wouldn’t function at all.
It is a vital aspect for our body and the functionality of our brain, blood, joints and even our temperature!
Did you know that your body comprises around 60% water and your brain and heart are composed of approximately 70% water?
The skin, the largest organ of the body, comprises over 60% water, muscles and kidneys are over 75%, and even your bones are just over 30% water.
We need a certain amount of water inclusive of our natural climate and body size. Generally, I would recommend at least three litres per day for both men and women, especially when training and slightly more if you are looking to change your body.
Now, when it comes to water, many people tell me that they struggle with their daily intake. They immediately ask me if they can drink tea and fruit juices to compensate for plain well-filtered water. My immediate answer is no way!
However, there are a few simple hacks to consume more water rather than downing a litre at a time.
Infuse your water.
If you find it difficult to drink plain water daily, you can opt to infuse your water with specific things to make it taste more exciting and add a little zing.
There may be minor benefits to this as well, for example, you can infuse your water with the following;
Watermelon and mint
Mint has digestion benefits and anti-inflammatory properties, and watermelon can aid with hydration and some muscle soreness. To get more flavour out of your mint sprig hold it in your hands and clap before you pop it in your bottle. Doing this releases the mints essential oils and will add more minty goodness to your water.
Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries
All – hold antioxidants. I usually cut mine up slightly smaller to release the good, and they double up as a delicious snack once my water is all gone. #bonuspoints
Lemon and Ginger
Lemon is fabulous for your skin, and a good source of Vitamin C, whilst ginger is one of my favourite spices due to its healing benefits. It can help to balance your blood sugar too.
Cucumber, Mint and Strawberries
Again, strawberries hold antioxidants. Cucumber adds a lovely fresh taste and mint has a beautiful smell and is extremely good for digestion.
When you are sourcing your fruits for water infusion, please, please make sure that you are sourcing them of the best quality that you possibly can. My preferred is always organic, and I still use a water filter.
Eat food high in water.
As you may be aware already, some many fruits and vegetables hold high water content. So it might be worth adding a little extra to your meals, but please remember, this doesn’t mean you can skip out on your regular water units.
Cucumber up to 96%
Broccoli up to 90%
Celery up to 95%
Cabbage up to 92%
Honeydew Melon up to 90%
Iceberg Lettuce up to 96%
Cantaloupe up to 90%
Raspberries up to 87%
Courgette up to 95%
Set a timer on your phone
Yes, I know what you’re thinking but trust me; it works well if you make the tag line a little funky to make you smile when it pops up.
Here are a few that I have used before;
‘glow and hydrate’
‘water helps your brain’
‘water those organs’
‘flush out the toxins’
‘don’t hate, hydrate’
‘H20 lets go’
‘wrinkles are for raisins’